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When A Toxic Person Can No Longer Control You

When A Toxic Person Can No Longer Control You
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“When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth, just like you did.”

This post is a reminder to be prepared for the possible backlash when you finally get free of being manipulated. When you cut the cords, they will make attempts to continue how things were, and will resort to ‘doing whatever they can’, which can include ‘poisoning the well’ of others opinions.

The quote speaks to the idea that toxic people, who are no longer able to control their victims, may resort to the tactic of attempting to control how others perceive the victim. They may spread misinformation, gossip, or lies in an attempt to tarnish the victim’s reputation and to maintain control over them. The quote suggests that while this can be frustrating and unfair, it is important to stay above it and to trust that others will eventually see the truth.

Manipulative behavior is a tactic used by toxic people to gain power and control over others. It can take many forms, such as gaslighting, or spreading misinformation. Manipulative people often use lies and deceit to gain power and to maintain control over their victims. They may also use guilt and fear to control their victims and to make them feel responsible for the manipulator’s happiness or well-being.

The quote suggests that when a toxic person can no longer control their victim directly, they may try to control how others see the victim, by spreading lies, rumors or misinformation. This can be frustrating, hurtful and damaging for the victim. The victim may feel like they are being attacked and falsely judged by others, and that their reputation is being tarnished.

However, the quote also encourages the victim to stay above it, however it is important to correct misinformation rather than ignoring it, as it can sometimes cause great and possibly even irreparable damage if left unchecked. One should take whatever steps one reasonably can, but have some faith that others will eventually see the truth. It’s important to remember that the truth will usually come out in the end and that manipulative people will be exposed for who they are. It’s also important to surround yourself with people who truly care about you and who will support and defend you, in order not to fall into the trap of manipulation.

We Do Not Inherit The Earth

We Do Not Inherit The Earth
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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.

This famous quote is attributed to Native American sages of the old days. It’s a reminder that our actions have long term consequences and that these will not only influence our lifetimes but will affect those who come after us. It’s our responsibility to “pay into” that account rather than continue to draw from it.

This saying is also in a similar vein to the famous belief that our actions will influence the next seven generations. It encourages us to resist “short-termism” and to consider far into the future what the effects of our choices and acts will be.

The quote highlights the idea that we are not permanent stewards of the earth, but rather temporary caretakers who have a responsibility to pass it on to future generations in a healthy and sustainable state. It reminds us that the earth is not an infinite resource and that we must be mindful of our actions and their impact on the environment.

The quote also touches on the idea of intergenerational equity. It suggests that just as we have inherited the earth from our ancestors, we have a responsibility to pass it on to our children and future generations. We have a moral obligation to ensure that future generations have the same opportunities and access to the earth’s resources that we have had.

The quote reminds us that the earth is not a limitless resource, and that our actions have a direct impact on its health and sustainability. Pollution, deforestation, and overconsumption are examples of human activities that are having a negative impact on the earth. These activities not only affect the environment but also the health and livelihoods of millions of people around the world.

It’s important to remember that our actions today will have a direct impact on the earth’s ability to sustain future generations. We must take responsibility for our actions and make conscious choices to protect the earth.

In 2009, the biggest single report on the future of the planet served a warning to humanity. With the contributions of 2,700 experts worldwide, the report focuses on the dire effects of the global recession to the future of mankind. Researchers warn that global clean energy, food availability, poverty, and the growth of democracy worldwide will grow worse in the face of global recession. The emerging environmental security issues produced by climate change are also brought into attention, as “changes in weather patterns to loss of livelihood and disappearing states—has unprecedented implications for political and social stability.” Despite the grim vision of shortages and violence, it serves as a wake-up call to humanity “to move from its often selfish, self-centered adolescence to a more globally responsible adulthood.”

To quote Bertrand Russell: “The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.” But in the 2014 article by Robert Savio, founder and president of the Inter Press Service, he expressed frustration on the unwillingness of some countries to invest in clean energy. Despite IPCC’s conclusive report that climate change is due to the action of man, to compromise is far too costly and unpractical for some. To paraphrase Savio, governments are still unable or unwilling to consider the future of mankind despite the evident threats of climate change.

What We Do in Life Echoes in Eternity

What We Do In Life Echoes In Eternity
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“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” – Maximus, “Gladiator”

This quote from the movie Gladiator, spoken by the character Maximus, suggests that the actions we take in our lives have a lasting impact that extends beyond our time on earth. It implies that our actions have not only a temporal but an eternal significance, and that they will continue to be felt and remembered long after we are gone, our deed even continuing to have an effect after we are forgotten. This quote is significant in that it highlights the idea of legacy and the impact of one’s actions on the future.

The character of Maximus, portrayed by Russel Crowe, is a powerful example of this idea. As a general in the Roman army, his actions have a significant impact on the empire and its people. He must choose between his duty to the emperor and his loyalty to his country, and his choice will have an eternal impact on the future.

The film “Gladiator” is an epic-historical drama by Ridley Scott in 2000. It garnered 119 award nominations and won 48 prizes in 36 ceremonies including the BAFTA Awards, the Golden Globe Rewards, and the 73rd Academy Awards. The huge success of the movie influenced the sale of the books “Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician” and Marcus Aurelius “Meditations”. It also started the revival of historical epic genre films.

One of many quotable lines in the movie, this line was spoken by Maximus as he addressed his warriors before a fierce battle. However this line is applicable to all fields of life, not just the battlefield. It’s an exhortation to live true to our highest ideals and bring our very best to whatever we do.

In the movie, the lead character, Maximus Declimus Meridius, was appointed as Legate of the Emperor’s Legion by Emperor Marcus Aurelius, making him the youngest general appointed in Roman history. The elderly emperor was killed by his embittered, jealous son Commodus after revealing his decision of appointing Maximus as his successor. Suspecting Commodus of the crime, Maximus refused to swear allegiance to him. Commodus ordered him executed but he successfully escaped and returned home only to find his wife and his son hung and his property destroyed. He was captured by thieves that night and was sold to the old gladiator Proximo. The rest of his life was then dedicated to seeking vengeance for the death of his family, while struggling to stay alive in the arena. Finally he appears in front of Commodus in the Circus Maximus – although under his warrior’s mask, his true identity is not known until the final showdown.

Actor Russell Crowe won his first Academy Award for Best Actor in his portrayal of Maximus. Empire magazine put Maximus 35th place in their 100 Greatest Movie Characters, and the American Film Institute included him in their list of 100 greatest screen characters. Commodus was also superbly played. But Maximus is only a fictional character speculated to be a composite of actual historical figures. Regardless, he continues to be one of the most memorable and soulfully played characters in a movie. Crowe has appeared in a number of other critically acclaimed films, including A Beautiful Mind.